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De Villers 'honoured' by appointment

Jean de Villiers said he was blown away when he was asked to be the new Springbok captain.

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DURBAN - Stormers skipper Jean de Villiers on Monday said he was blown away when he was asked to be the new Springbok captain.

On Sunday evening, Bok coach Heyneke Meyer asked him to captain the national side for their three-match test against England.

The ever gracious de Villiers said, “My heart wanted to jump out of my chest when Heyneke asked me if I would captain the Springboks. It’s a great honour and I’m looking forward to it.”

Meanwhile, this weekend’s team announcement caused uproar from rugby fans.

Many people slammed the exclusion of in-form Siya Kolisi, Gio Aplon and Juan de Jongh.

People took to Twitter to express their outrage.

@BradleyQS tweeted, “How could Siya Kolisi not be included in the Springbok squad? What rugby is Heyneke Mayer watching? I think Bulls rugby.”

@MGN_10 wrote, “‏How does Siya Kolisi not make the Springbok squad? #BlueBoks presented by Heyneke Meyer.”

The vice-captain will be announced on Wednesday.

(Edited by Lindiwe Mlandu)

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